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counties and cities have. i do not know how much longer we will be able to continue doing that. at some point, that money is going to run out. >> any more questions? i want to again thank -- oh, sorry. >> hello. just curious, sort of, what is happening in san francisco with regards to policies to cope with the homeless and keep them safe. supervisor kim: that is a big question. homeless this continues to be one of the top issues at our office is working on and it is the same for my predecessors as well. we have a large portion of our homeless community in district 6. the city actually does do a lot for homeless communities. yes or not saying it is a lot, but there are a number of things that exist here that i am not
sure exist in all cities in terms of services and housing and shelter care. i think we are fortunate to have a strong group of organizers and advocates on homelessness issues. i actually get word for any community group when they do not have organizers or advocates that have been working on an issue for a long time. homelessness is an issue that i think there have been several for, so they develop a shelter monitoring committee several years ago to start monitoring our shelters in san francisco, and it is made up of folks that stay in our shelters, people who have families, women, in the next day in and out of our shelters to help monitor those programs and then do quarterly reports back to the board of supervisors. i think things like this have made a difference. what can we continue to do?
there are three main issues we need to continue to support more than we already have. one is of course housing. that is simply one of the bare bones issues. people do not have shelter, they will not be able to get out of the cycle of poverty they are currently in. second is continue to relief fund mental health services and other services that people need when they are coming out of whatever situation or stories that they are coming from. third is employment. i think that has actually been the most challenging issue for our office and for most elected officials is not only how you treat jobs -- create jobs but how you create jobs for divers constituents. i know our mayor talked earlier about keeping tech companies in our city, companies like twitter and zynga and all of that, and i think that is really important. i think we have not been as good at figuring out how to keep a diversity of jobs and what i
will talk about quickly is the loss of our manufacturing. as we lost manufacturing and light industrial spaces, warehouses, which ironically got converted to housing because of the need for housing in the city -- we actually did not realize that we lost a lot of our middle class jobs, our blue collar jobs where you could make 20- something dollars an hour and not have a college degree. i think that we need to -- i think land use plays a really important role in all of this. i think without realizing it and building of the house and with that we needed in the city we pushed out employment. i am not sure how aware folks were of that. i continue to see land use as one of the most important things for activists and organizers to understand next to the budget, actually. how you plan and zoned areas is how you can help jobs come to those areas. i will say one last thing.
you live in california, the most important thing we can do is overturned prop 13. i think we should be ok with losing because the one argument i always hear about why we do not go after it is because we are going to lose, that it is not possible, and we have to learn from how it got past, which is that it lost two or three times before it won. that was perserverance, right? the willingness to lose at the ballot but continue to educate more and more voters each round. i'm sorry. it was passed in 1978. it helps to a certain extent freeze homeowner property taxes in the state of california. it was part of the taxpayer revolt that had come out of the 1970's. the individual but put it on the ballot actually put it on the ballot three or four times. i do not know of anyone members.
three times. lost the first seed of we were times and kept going back to the voters to explain why he thought this was the best policy for the state of california. what we saw immediately after that was the schools lost 1/3 of their funding in the next couple of years. while i think it is important to protect particularly seniors who are homeowners, i think there's a way we can do that without impacting all homeowners spirit at the end of the day, what is happening is we are de- investing, divesting from our communities and parks, and i think that is a really important next campaign for the state of california. >> thank you so much. supervisor kim: thank you. [applause]
++ >> hello, and leslie the executive director of the community housing partnership, and we are the proud owneoperatn apartments, which you are here today. i want to welcome you on behalf of abag, mtc, and hud. community housing partnership provides permanent supportive housing to homeless individuals and families here in san francisco. we have over 1000 units of housing, and this is our newest
property that just came online. 120 individuals who are either living on our streets or in institutional care here in san francisco are now housed here and have a home. they have open space to the have committed the amenities, and they have services to stabilize their lives in bill a platform so they can be self-sufficient of the planning that went into this project to ensure that it is within a transit corridor, then a head job opportunities, all of the property management staff here where individuals were -- to work rather low- income or formerly homeless themselves. this kind of coordination is what grant will -- is what the grant that we will discuss today will show. when we have good information and community input come together, we couldn't build housing for 120 homeless individuals in hayes valley, one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in san francisco. [applause]
it is with great pleasure that i am going to introduce you to supervisor david campos. supervisor campos sits on the ntc. he is commissioner. he has been instrumental in the planning effort. i would like to ask supervisor campos to please take the stage. [applause] >> thank you, everyone. good afternoon. it is great to be here. it is a pretty impressive crowd. i want to thank speaker pelosi. for us, she will always be speaker pelosi. the mayor, and a number of those from the ntc. thank you. on behalf of the ntc, of like to take -- think the best take this opportunity to thank the u.s. housing and urban and sustainable development. i want to think a very diverse bird of nonprofit partners that were very hard to make this possible. that includes the san francisco foundation's great communities
caliber to, equity groups, including the council would community housing organizations. mission development agency, chinatown community development centers, as well as business interest including the silicon valley leadership group and the bay area council. this grant will allow our region to connect very important elements that are all connected. jobs, job training, and housing with our transit system this will allow us to give families a chance to catch me by transit. it will support the development of new housing that is close to transit, as well as the jobs that are close to transit, and in the process to help prevent existing workers, housing, and provoked -- promote the development of a strong regional economy for bay area residents. we're working on planning the area. the 25-year gestation and land use a blueprint, which will be adopted in early 2013.
as our population is expected to grow by from about 7 million people to 9 million people in 2014, we need to start making, housing, and land use decisions that sustain the bay area's high quality of life for current and future residents. planned bay area is working to keep this goal by supporting projects that focus growth near existing transportation infrastructure. the bay area sustainable communities grant will allow us to support those goals, while also integrating economic and workforce development. transportation and infrastructure development, to create more opportunities for all residents of the region. this grant will provide over $4 to bay area cities and local non-government organizations, to create more housing near transit. is this a lot to take this opportunity as a san francisco supervisor to thank carol
lautner partners in san francisco, the community partners at work so hard to make this grant a reality. without their efforts, without their work in contributions, this would not have happened. thank you again to hud for this opportunity and to our partners for the great work. it is my honor to introduce protest -- patricia, the hud director of field policy and management. pat, good to see you. [applause] >> good afternoon, i am delighted to be here. it is is a great to get out of washington, d.c., and get back in the field, where i belong. i tell people that when i started in this work some 30 years ago, i was 6 foot 5, blond and blue eyes -- [laughter] now i am shadow of my former self, but i cannot think of a better profession to expend at that height and energy on.
i want to congratulate all of you for the extraordinary work you have done. this $5 million grant is part of $100 million in grant initiatives that is ordered by hud and our other federal partners. i have to tell you, you're so excited that week in this administration, under the president's leadership and various cabinet secretaries, are working federal agencies together. this is pretty cool stuff, where we are actually talking to each other and elaborating. with epa and department of transportation, we're happy to make this joint award. we also want to thank all of the members of the community. it is estimated the people in this metropolitan area are spending 52 cents of every $1 on housing and transit in this metropolitan community. it is important that people understand that we need to connect jobs and work. sociologists have been telling us for decades now that zip code
is unfortunately a determinant of economic survival, your education level, your longevity, your health, accessibility, and more. so this agreement, along with the vision of the partners, will allow us to move people near jobs, put people in transit, and improve quality of life for everyone around the as a particularly pleased to know that this is a partnership of federal, state, and local people, nonprofits in the private sector, which is the way all of our problems in our committees will naturally be solved. part of this economic opportunity strategy will give everyone who seeks work a better chance to try to gain access to that. i also want to thank -- commissioner candidates mentioned the association of bay area governments, the san francisco foundation, the silicon valley community foundation, the great communities collaborative, the
bay area council, a community housing organization, and the non-profit housing association of northern california, and the urban habitat. on behalf of our hud secretary shaun donovan and our system the abilities officer, i am so proud to represent, and our regional administrator, to represent hud here. i want to ask you to please give a very, very warm reception to the regional administrator from epa. please, sir. [applause] >> thank you to leader pelosi. most of the things that you look around and see in san francisco would not have been done without the amazing amount of work that she does for the city and county of san francisco. it is an amazing privilege to be on the panel with her today congratulations to mayor lee for his recent appointment and to everyone else here on this
exciting day. i used to work just next to city hall and run my bike down mcallister every day for nine years, so i saw this place going up. what it really tells us is that you can do all the great things we heard at the beginning. for 120 formerly homeless people, you can do it in a way with no additional parking. it followed a green point rating system. it internalized many of the values that san francisco holds tier, which is bringing transportation planning, housing, and the environment together in one. that is our president and congress, with the speaker's leadership at the time, asked us to do. how can hud, department of transportation, and epa work together? this is a different way of doing business, and it is a way that we are very proud of. i want to thank ophelia, as well. should not be here today, but she is the regional administrator. and leslie from the department
of transportation today they're all sitting down together in some very large infrastructure projects. this is a $5 million project to develop a prosperity plan for the bay area. if you think of the billions of dollars that were spending on everything from highways to public transportation systems, the opportunity to come together and it rethink those as a sustainable communities package is with this partnership is all about. and it is a different way of doing business. it is needed at a time when we have less and less funds. it does it better for less money. we're proud to be a partner, along with hud and the department of transportation, and we want to thank them. i also want to thank and invite up mark green, president of the association of bay area governments, and the mayor of union city. thank you. [applause] >> i wanted to go on record here, said in a bit too upset,
because i heard the words ophelia, and she used to be the lme the county housing authority director. i once said she was the most competent executive director i ever sat with on many executive board. take my records back to of zalea when you get a chance i want to say, merely, that the rams are in town this week, so if you have any tickets, let me know. i am ready for them to get slaughtered again in my presence. it is agreed to be in san francisco. the supervisors, mayor, everybody here. this is a great complex that opened up in september and is the already full. it is a great testimony that was needed here and in terms of affordable housing. we know the success of the bay area's innovative the economy is critical to our nation's prosperity and global competitiveness. i want to thank the speaker and hud for giving us the $5 million that will be put to good use. we understand that we will only be truly successful if we are able to create a middle class
jobs and affordable, accessible communities that provide a path of upward mobility for all of our working families. this grant will provide a regional prosperity plan to do just that. abag, which is working for the nine area counties, is in partnership with mtc, and they both will be working and producing a sustainable communities strategy, which needs to be approved over the next year. we're looking forward to working with the bay area consortium of local government agencies, organizations, foundations to provide innovative ideas to the regional planning process but include the economic or gratuities strategy, as well as housing the work force strategy. we do have seven of our nine bay area counties and cities, at least cities, represented in this grant, and over a dozen nonprofit organizations from san francisco, the south bay and north bay. this is truly a bay area
program. we look forward to working with staff. abag has been doing the heavy living -- heavy lifting. have i said abag five times it? he will not put me on his christmas list for this year but at this point, i would like to introduce mayor lee. mayor lee spoke at our abag general assembly in san francisco in october. i am sure that was critical to his reelection success. [laughter] mayor lee -- [applause] >> yak yak, i think we're going to try to announce the banning of plastic bags peter thank you, everybody, for coming today. leader pelosi and i just finished a wonderful visit to the roof garden, and if you can actually feel prosperity, you should have been with us, because this is a wonderful project, and it is a partnership
with so many people. later on when you have an opportunity to ask her, asked about the private financing that went into this. it is very remarkable that the public-private partnership that went into this project is very unique. i want to join supervisor campos as well as supervisor wiener and our mtc representatives, also abag and all of the agencies that work together, particularly the federal agencies. hud, dot, and epa coming together to work with all of our communities. all of the community organizations have been identified. i already know that there are probably several more that we forgot to mention. i know that spur was working with us as well. individuals spend some good quality nights writing the application, making sure it reflected the strong collaboration. because i think that is -- leader policy, that is what makes san francisco so special
to you know that as much as i do. when people come together with a good cause and then they speak to everybody and they get the best ideas, and collaborate, there are no boundaries as to what we can do. i am excited because it is not just the $5 million that we are getting. it is what that money will leverage with everything else. in fact, it immediately will leverage the local dollar is pretty awesome making the commitment that we're going to use this money and the rigid with other monies that we have to make the planning process even more vigorous, more complete, more inclusive, so that we can get the best planning ideas and balance all of these issues. because we are always going to be challenged by the lack of resources. planning and planning better and better with everybody is going to be really the way to succeed. if you look back, you'll see the wonderful beaufort -- beautiful mural that i think reflects the prosperity that we're talking about today. you also know and appreciate
that every time leader pelosi comes into town, and i think that is every two months, there is a very special announcement. she will tell us some of the bad news and will not happen. but then she will sprinkle it with some things that are always going to be heartfelt, evarts that she has personally made that have generally been almost always successful in getting the bay area to reflect our success. as long as the key collaborating, planning, and including everybody in the process, i think we can keep that coming. and a leader pelosi has a tremendous challenge. we are all backing her up 150%. we need to back up our president, president obama, as he is challenged with our economy. i certainly want to thank senator feinstein and senator boxer for joining in. leader pelosi, i just want to thank you. every effort is so precious now. we want to really appreciate
every moment that we can, especially at times like these where resources are so limited that we can leverage this with so many opportunities. she will talk to you about the challenges with the funds. all across the country, we're trying to use those monies and the most demonstrative way. the best thing we can do is bring more people about. that is what i have been all about. i am so glad to take this opportunity to introduce our leader, leader pelosi. thank you very much for coming. [applause] >> thank you. thank you very much, mr. mayor. and this program we're introducing, and want to return the compliment back to the mayor and thank him for his leadership, congratulate you on your recent election and for the successful first year. again, thank you, mr. mayor. let's acknowledge the mayor. [applause] as i listened to patricia, to
jared, mayor green, abag -- did i say it? and our mayor, and especially, with all due respect, to everyone, to gail gilman, as executive director, to talk about what is happening here. as i heard all of you speak, i was thinking about what the president -- when he was elected, he took office, and in one of our first meeting, he said we're going to do things differently. it was really only a matter of months after his inauguration that this collaboration was formed with hud, the department of transportation, and the epa. so i want to acknowledge secretary donovan, administrator jackson -- is that the word we use? administrator. and of course, secretary lahood, as well, for their
responsiveness in getting this going. it was not long a time after, san francisco can be the beneficiary. but it is no accident that we would be a leader, an adult -- a model to the country, having an initiative of national significance right from the start. collaboration, regional collaboration -- dave is gone but i am not taking attendance, but i was referencing him. but, steve, you know that early on if the mtc said we have to think regionally. we have to take our best shots. we have to help each other. and that collaboration among the bay area has served us very well. it was actually written into one of our -- into the transportation bill, a long time ago. so the san francisco bay area, once again, in the league.
in the private sector that the mere reference, the low-income housing tax credit, has been a priority for our office for nearly 25 years. because when i went to congress, it was iffy. then it was we had to approve it every year. then we wanted to make it permanent. that was a way for the private sector to visit a low-income housing tax credit to exploit, and the best possible way of using that term, the other community resources that were available. but what is really important about this is, of course, that the president took the lead, had an idea, appointing the people that can make it happen very quickly, and the fact is the most important people involved in this are the people who are served here. all you need to do is look around here, visit the apartment of the continuum of care, where the needs of the residents are met. the roof garden, being outside
right here, to know that this is about them, that they are the important ones. they are our vip's. the dignity they reserved -- and deserve, at the respect that they are receiving is really the success story. it is a very pleased to join -- i want you to know that this $5 million is very significant. it is part of almost $96 million for cities and regions nationwide. and more than $115 million in matching grants across the country with close coordination of the epa, transportation, and hud. it is about sustainable communities. and isn't this just the perfect example? location near transit. like you said, no parking needed, because of the smart way that this has been thought out
peter it is pretty exciting, and it is very helpful to me that i go back to washington, d.c., to say to my colleagues that this works.but community-based soluts are a major part of it, listening to what the residents would want. it is michael here? thank you for what you're doing for our veterans and probably some of them will be taking advantage of the housing here. in this month of november, we thank our veterans for their service to our country. we had an event with the mayor and the salvation army some weeks ago leading up to veterans at day, and in the same month, we thank god for our blessings. among them are our veterans. again, we owe every person the respect that our veterans a fight for, a future worthy of their sacrifice, and this is a
shining example of all of that. so i want to thank all of you who were part of this come into our official family in san francisco, board of supervisors, abag, mtc, and all that -- in congress, we talk about the lists that have been given and expanded upon. but this is something that puts people first. i cannot tell you how exciting it is to see it go from the expression that the president used at the beginning -- i have some new ideas about how this should happen and how we can make things work faster and better for people. it is also really wonderful to be here at richardson in hayes valley, because julian and ray richardson, the oldest black richardson, the oldest black african-american bookstore in